Talented Carolina Panthers centre, Jonathan Huberdeau, is making good progress in his quest for full fitness and hopes to be ready for training camp in September, according to nhl.com.
20-year-old Huberdeau, who was selected by the Panthers with the third overall pick of the 2011 NHL draft, has been off the ice since undergoing a surgical procedure on a troublesome hip injury in May. Yet despite his recent health struggles, the former Saint John Sea Dog hopes to be raring to go ahead of the new season.
"You have to take it slowly, It's a process and I think I am just following it," Huberdeau told the Panthers' official website. "It's getting better, hopefully I can get back out on the ice soon and I will be ready for training camp."
Huberdeau proved to be an overwhelming success in the lockout-shortened 2012/13 season, with 14 goals and 17 assists enough to earn him the prestigious Calder Trophy - an award given to league's most outstanding rookie.
But despite rightfully receiving adulation from his peers, Huberdeau insists he still has a lot of work to do on both ends of the ice moving forward into his second year in the NHL.
"It doesn't matter that I have the Calder Trophy," he stated. "My surgery threw me down a little bit and I am just trying to train harder and harder.
"I want to help the team offensively and defensively. I just want to be a little more of a leader this year, since it is my second year."
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